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VCAS In The News

Ventura County Animal Services is sometimes the subject of new stories both local and national. We strive to list these articles when they get published. If there is an article you feel we have missed, please email us the link at Thank you!







December 31, 2019: Ventura County Animal Shelter ends 2019 on high note (KEYT-3)
November 21, 2019: Watch this 19-year-old cat jump into his dad’s arms after being lost for 7 years. (The Dodo)
November 7, 2019: Justin Theroux enlists Jennifer Aniston’s help on Instagram (Aol)
November 7, 2019: Justin Theroux reaches out to ex-wife Jennifer Aniston with dog adoption plea on Instagram (USA Today)
November 7, 2019 Justin Theroux Covers Adoption Fees for 4 Shelter Dogs, Asks Jennifer Aniston to Rescue a Pup. (People)
November 7, 2019: Justin Theroux reaches out to ex-wife Jennifer Aniston on social media…weeks after actress stunned fans by joining Instagram. (Daily Mail)
November 2, 2019: Evacuated animals find shelter after Maria Fire breaks out. (Ventura County Star)
November 1, 2019: Maria Fire | Ongoing Updates (VC Reporter)
November 1, 2019: New wildfire burning in Southern California explodes in size, evacuations remain (ABC-7)
November 1, 2019: Mara Fire: Evacuation orders, shelters, schools and road closures (Los Angeles Times)
November 1, 2019: Evacuations Lifted, Containment Increases Around Maria Fire in Ventura County (NBC-4)
October 31, 2019: Maria Fire is 80% contained after burning over 9,000 acres, destroying 2 homes. (KEYT-3)
October 31, 2019: Maria Fire Ignites On Top of South Mountain Near Santa Paula; Thousands Evacuated as Flames Char More Than 4,000 Acres (KTLA-5)
October 30, 2019: Volunteers Race to Save Horses as Easy Fire Flames Rage in Simi Valley (KTLA-5)
October 28, 2019: New director tackles challenges of aging county animal shelter. (Ventura County Star)
September 5, 2019: Clawing for a solution. Cal Lutheran University employee Working Whiskers cats from VCAS. (Thousand Oaks Acorn)
August 23, 2019: Pets 2 Love Segment: Eeyore! (CBS-2)
July 21, 2019: 15 Pomeranians get a second chance at life after they’re surrendered to shelter covered in waste. (Fluff Squad)
April 4, 2019: 5 Arrested In Connection To Illegal Cockfighting Ring In Oxnard (KEYT-3)
March 28, 2019: Living with 700 Rats Leads to Elder Abuse Arrest (Crime Voice)
March 19, 2019: Ojai woman held in felony elder abuse and misdemeanor animal abuse case. (Los Angeles Times)
February 22, 2019: Big pig’s long, strange journey from Ventura County to a high desert home. (Ventura County Star)
February 22, 2019: Highlights – Love for Pitbulls. Featuring VCAS-Adopted, Princess (Hallmark Channel)
February 20, 2019: Top 10: Here’s your go-to list for weekend events in Ventura County [Rescue Con] (Ventura County Star)
February 20, 2019: Rescue Con | Oxnard convention features animals, people dedicated to better lives for the abandoned (VC Reporter)
January 24, 2019: RESCUE READERS at Ventura County Animal Services (KVTA News AM 1590)
January 17, 2019: Ojai man charged in death of family pet (VC Reporter)
January 8, 2019: Dog necropsy in Ojai reveals horrific abuse, police say (Los Angeles Times)
January 6, 2019: Ojai-area man allegedly maimed and killed family dog (Ventura County Star)
January 2, 2019: New California law targets pet stores in what they can sell (KEYT-3)


December, 11, 2018: Rooster limits finally fly in Ventura County as board seeks to deter cockfighting (Ventura County Star)
November 21, 2018: More Than 70 Horses Displaced By The Woolsey Fire Are Still Homeless (laist)
November 15, 2018: Badly burned rabbit currently being fostered by VCAS Bunny Brigade (ABC7 Twitter)
November 14, 2018: Rabbit badly burned in SoCal wildfires expected to be OK (ABC7)
October 8, 2018: Animal Shelter Director and Ventura County Part Ways (Ventura County Star)
September, 7, 2018: Pets2Love Segment: Trixie (CBS-2)
August 29, 2018: Public Nuisance Challenged: Judge rules pet owner’s rights violated in seizure of dogs without hearing (VC Reporter)
August 24, 2018: Animal shelter claims efforts were made to find Oxnard family of lost pet (KEYT-3)
August 20, 2018: Ventura County takes part in Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign (Ventura County Star)
August 3, 2018: Pets2Love Segment: Hula (CBS-2)
June 27, 2018: Authorities investigate alleged cockfighting operation in Oak View (Ventura County Star)
June 7, 2018: Dog adoption a life-changing event for Moorpark woman (Thousand Oaks Acorn)
March 3, 2018: Ventura County Animal Shelter to close Mondays for employee training (Ventura County Star)
February 14, 2018: County Shelters Reduce Pet-Adoption Days (VC Reporter)
February 9, 2018: Pets2Love: George (CBS-LA 2)
February 8, 2018: Fifth Annual Pet-A-Palooza to Benefit Local Family (Simi Valley Acorn)
January 16, 2018: Ranchers Give Thanks (Ventura County Star)
January 10, 2018: Landscape, Wildlife Could Look Very Different Post-Thomas Fire (VC Reporter)


December 26, 2017: California Shelter Dogs Airlifted to Cranbrook (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, B.C., Canada)
December 20, 2017: Cuddly friends flown in from SoCal ready for adoption in wake of Thomas Fire (ABC-7)
December 20, 2017: Marin Humane to adopt out Thomas Fire animals (Marin Independent Journal)
December 19, 2017: Wildfire refugees: Shelter dogs airlifted from California to Cranbrook (Columbia Valley Pioneer)
December 15, 2017: Dog reunited with owners after being separated during Thomas Fire (KEYT-3)
December 14, 2017: This is the season for giving (Simi Valley Acorn)

December 12, 2017: Shelters open their crowded doors to animals displayed by Thomas Fire (VC Star)
December 10, 2017: Here’s how you can help animals affected by the California wildfire (Today Show)
December 10, 2017: Shelters swell with more than 1,000 animals displaced by wildfire (USA Today)
December 10, 2017: SoCalGas pledges $150,000 to Southern California wildfire victims (Ventura County Star)
December 7, 2017: Here’s the impact of Southern California’s major wildfire in LA, Ventura, Riverside and San Diego counties (Daily News)
November 29, 2017: Editorial: A missed opportunity to help animal shelters (Ventura County Star)
November 21, 2017: Ventura man accused of elder abuse and killing family pet (KEYT-3)
November 11, 2017: Heartbreaking: 14-year-old Maltese weighing just 2 pounds winds up at shelter (Pet Rescue Report)
October 11, 2017: NO DOG LEFT BEHIND | Grant available to county domestic shelters for victims to keep pets (Ventura County Reporter)
October 31, 2017: Ellen DeGeneres posted about Shyala on Facebook (Ellen DeGeneres’ Official Facebook Page)
September 19, 2017: Pet Of The Week (Lompoc Record)
September 13, 2017: Dog of Tescott Murder Victim Back Home (KWCH12 – Kansas)
August 31, 2017: Inmate K-9 Program Pays Tribute To Fallen Deputies (Thousand Oaks Acorn)
August 19, 2017: Camarillo Shelter Pets Find Homes On Nationwide Pet Adoption Day (Ventura County Star)
July 28, 2017: Online Groups Bring Missing Pets Home (Simi Valley Acorn)
July 18, 2017: Ventura County Animal Shelter stars in New Documentary (Ventura County Star)
July 15, 2017: Pet Café craze ‘cat’ches on in Ventura County (Ventura County Star)
July 13, 2017: Exotic Animal Owner Accused of Cruelty (Agoura Acorn)
July 7, 2017: Please Meet Our New Family Member – Niko (Hallie Daily)
July 6, 2017: Ventura County Animal Services flooded with pets after holiday (KEYT – 3)
June 8, 2017: Camarillo brewery wins Small Business Award (Ventura County Star)
June 8, 2017: Family reunited with beloved dog after 7 years apart (KEYT – 3)
June 6, 2017: Editorial: Get puppy and kitty mills out of the pet store business (Ventura County Star)
May 31, 2017: No more ruffin’ it at Simi Animal Shelter after upgrades (Ventura County Star)
April 26, 2017: Cathy’s Foster Kitties (Three Chatty Cats)
April 24, 2017: Ventura County Animal Services Honors Outstanding Volunteer (Citizens Journal)
April 8, 2017: Easter Eggstravaganza presented by Ventura County Animal Services (Citizens Journal)
March 20, 2017: Editorial: Help animal shelters build on their success (Ventura County Star)
March 18, 2017: Helpful Honda Pet Adoptions Comes to Ventura County (SoCal Honda Dealers)
March 14, 2017: Ohana staff training benefits rescues at VCAS (Ohana Pet Hospital)
March 04, 2017: Meathead Moves Into Helping Non-Profits (Ventura County Star)
March 1, 2017: Animal Services Selected For Prestigious Apprenticeship Grant (Ventura County News Channel)
February 24, 2017: Dogs get new life as neighbors put pack mentality to work (Ventura County Star)
February 3, 2017: A Round of a-‘paws’ for rescue gear (Simi Valley Acorn)
February 3, 2017: Foundation invests in county shelters (Simi Valley Acorn)
January 13, 2017: Program unleashes options for dogs, inmates (Ventura County Star)
January 13, 2017: Program lets inmates rehabilitate shelter dogs (Thousand Oaks Acorn)
January 9, 2017: Ventura County Pet Owners Can Get Help During Disasters (KCLU)
January 6, 2017: County needs foster homes for animals (Ventura County Star)


December 29, 2016: PAWsitive Steps Program Pairs At-Risk Youth With Ventura County Shelter Dogs (VC-News Channel)
December 16, 2016: Detention Services to Launch Inmate Canine Training Program (Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)
November 19, 2016: Briefs: Holiday events, dinners and pet adoption set (Ventura County Star)
November 7, 2016: Dog Missing for 10 Years Reunited With Owner (NBC4)
September 17, 2016: Photos show Nuclear Tragedy’s toll on pets (Ventura County Star)
September 7, 2016: Cats Cradle watches over Port of Hueneme’s feral felines (Ventura County Star)
August 12, 2016: Oxnard Salsa Dancing Fundraising Totals Announced (Ventura County Star)
July 31, 2016: Too many cats spoil the port, Hueneme residents say (Ventura County Star)
July 29, 2016: Impounded Pit Bull Has Record of Attacks (Simi Valley Acorn)
July 25, 2016: Oxnard Council to consider possible sale of River Ridge Fields (Ventura County Star)
July 18, 2016: New Program [Pet Retention] Helps People Keep Their Pets (KEYT-3)
July 15, 2016: Pet Store Under Investigation (Simi Valley Acorn)
July 13, 2016: Medical examiner investigator keeps job but is reassigned to animal cases (Ventura County Star)
June 23, 2016: Bobcat Family Spotted in Moorpark Backyard (ABC7 News)
June 17, 2016: County shelter battle overcrowding (Simi Valley Acorn)
June 9, 2016: Some South Coast Animal Shelters Facing Unprecedented Overcrowding Crisis (KCLU)
June 8, 2016: Animal Shelter’s Capacity Forces Tough Decisions (Ventura County Star)
April 8, 2016: Renovations begin at Animal Shelter (Simi Valley Acorn)
April 5, 2016: Renovation bring monthlong closure of Simi Valley Animal Shelter(Ventura County Star)
April 5, 2016: Port Hueneme council reaffirms commitment to lifeguards (Ventura County Star)
March 31, 2016: Simi Animal Shelter Closing During Construction (Ventura County Star)
March 30, 2016: Press Release: VCAS Simi Valley Location Gets an Upgrade! [Press Release]

March 26, 2016:  Ventura County Animal Services Easter Eggstravaganza (VC News Channel
March 25, 2016: No-Fee Pet Adoptions, Easter Eggstravaganza (Moorpark Acorn)
March 15, 2016: Crowded animal shelters need help from public. (Ventura County Star)
March 10, 2016: Ventura County’s homeless bring in their pets for free shots, licenses.(Ventura County Star)
March 10, 2016: Pets need homes at Camarillo, Simi Valley animal shelters are full (Ventura County Star)
February 21, 2016: Ventura County Star reports on PET-A-PALOOZA 2016 (Ventura County Star)
February 19, 2016: EAGLE SCOUT: Animal lover finds reward in helping dogs and cats without homes. (Camarillo Acorn)
February 17, 2016: Ventura County Aniaml Services interview  (CitySceneTV)
February 2, 2016: K9 Nose Work for Shelter Dogs – Enrichment for Both Ends of the Leash (Dog Star Daily)


December 4, 2015: Black Friday: “County Reaches Record Pet Adoptions” (Simi Valley Acorn)
December 1, 2015: Santa To The Sea KICK OFF EVENT (Ventura County Star)
November 28, 2015: Finding Rover Launch! (Press Release)
November 21, 2015: Pet Adoption Day at Camarillo Premium Outlets (SoCal City Kids)
November 14, 2015: Vets With Pets; “Vets sit for portraits with pets in Camarillo”(Ventura County Star)
September 9, 2015: Mutilated Dog Found in Simi Valley (Press Release)
July 28, 2015: Hahn-Block Family Foundation donates $100,000 in matching funds. (Press Release)
July 26, 2015: 11th Annual Adopt-A-Thon (Press Release)
July 7, 2015: Shelter Hit Record High (Ventura County Star)
June 15, 2015: Pit Crew Launch Party at Ventura Harley-Davidson (Press Release)
May 22, 2015: The Puppy Playground [at Simi Valley Shelter] is Now Open (Simi Valley Acorn)
May 16, 2015: Theresa’s Country Feed and Pet donated $10,000. Puppy Playground at Simi Valley (Ventura County Health Care Agency)
March 15, 2015: Safe Harbor Program: Provides Foster Care for Pets of Abused Spouses (Press Release)
February 12, 2015: $5K Reward Offered For Information in Santa Paula Dog Abuse Case (CBS Los Angeles)
February 12, 2015: [VIDEO] Shocking Animal Cruelty in Ventura County (KEYT-3)
February 12, 2015: Disturbing Animal Cruelty Case in Ventura County (KEYT-3)
February 5, 2015: Kelli Hipple works with Ventura County Fire Department to help free juvenile raccoon (Ventura County Fire Department)
January 30, 2015: Karaoke Night Benefits Homeless Pets Homeless Pets (Camarillo Acorn)
January 23, 2015: County Shelters Celebrate No-Kill Status (Simi Valley Acorn)
January 23, 2015: Her Birthday Present Was the Gift of Kindness (Camarillo Acorn)
January 16, 2015: Adopt a Furry Friend for Half-Price (Moorpark Acorn)
January 16, 2015: Ambassadors to check up on pet owners (Camarillo Acorn)
January 9, 2015: Animal Services Seeking Volunteers (Simi Valley Acorn)


November 23, 2014: Ventura County Animal Services Promotes and Protects the Welfare of Animals (Conejo Valley Guide)
September 13, 2014: VCAS to Canvass for Pet Licenses in Ventura (Press Release)
September 4, 2014: VCAS Launches New Auto-Citation Program (Press Release)
June 9, 2014: VC-Lost Pets Twitter Page Helps Owners Find Lost Pets Fast (Press Release)
April 25, 2014: Tiger Belonging to Rapper Tyga Taken to Shelter (KTLA-5)
January 8, 2014: Ventura County Animal Services Bring Rabies Clinic To Simi Valley (Ventura County Star)



November 30, 2012: Simi Valley Animal Shelter Opens For Adoptions (Ventura County Star)


PRESS RELEASE:  April 21, 2021 – Petco Love Foundation Invests $27,500 in Lifesaving Work at VCAS!

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